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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


courtesy of
Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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LORAINE FLORENCE HAWKS

OBIT LoraineHawks1
OBIT LoraineHawks2

        

September 26, 1921 - November 11, 2013

Resident of San Jose 

Loraine Hawks entered into rest on November 11, 2013 at the age of 92. She was born on September 26th, 1921 in Park Ridge, Illinois to Florence Koenig and Hill Koenig, a prominent Burlington Railroad executive. She was a resident of the Villages Country Club in San Jose for the past 19 years. Before moving to San Jose, she was a long time resident of Los Altos.   Survivors include her beloved husband of 62 years, Ernest Hawks, a son Eric Hawks (Lesley) of Mountain View, CA, three grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Kaitlin Stonum (Robert) of Cupertino, CA, Nathan Hawks of San Francisco, CA, Samuel Hawks of Palo Alto, CA, and their mother Jennifer Hawks of Palo Alto, CA.

She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Masters Degree in Education and Teaching Credential from Stanford University. She taught Physical Education at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo and in 1951 she took up residence in Los Altos, where she assumed the role of Dean of Women at Mountain View High School between 1951- 1957. Later she worked alongside her husband at Lawson - Hawks Insurance Associates as an Accounting Executive from 1970 to 1980.

Loraine was a kind and charitable woman who always maintained a positive outlook and cheerful disposition. Her warm and friendly smile would put even a stranger at ease. Her keen sense of fairness enabled her to see both sides of every situation. She had a love for cooking and entertaining as she opened her home and her heart to many including friends, family, neighbors, Rotary exchange students and Stanford students. She loved sports of all types, was an avid golfer and participated in synchronized swimming in her early adult years. Her son Eric recalls her teaching him touch football as a youth.

She was a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club; an active member of Ironwood Country Club in Palm Desert, CA to this date, and was responsible for organizing the “Desert 9er’s”, a Woman's 9 Hole Golf group in Palm Desert that grew to 16 clubs and 900 members.

Loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, educator, friend and colleague you will be greatly missed by all.

A Memorial Service will be held for Loraine at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at the Spangler Mortuary at 399 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA, 94022; burial at the Alta Mesa Cemetery, and a reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Elks Lodge 4249 El Camino Real,  Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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